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Safety First

In the Kitchen area

Lock cleaning fluids out of the reach of children
Turn pan handles inwards when cooking (but ensure they are not over the heat source)
Cover frying pans with frying screens or lids.
Never fill chip pans more than one-third full of oil.
Never leave pans containing fat or oil unattended.
If the oil/fat in a pan catches alight DO NOT POUR ON WATER. Soak a towel or tea towel in water, ring out and then VERY CAREFULLY place this cloth over the top of the burning pan. LEAVE for at  least THIRTY MINUTES.  If it is removed before this time the flame will reignite.
Keep electrical cords and appliances away from the sink and cooker.
Make sure electrical flexes are in good order.  If frayed or damaged in any way discard immediately.
Make sure all flexes are away from the edge of work surfaces.
Never mix different cleaning products as they can react with each other.
Keep all dangerous items (e.g. matches, sharp knives) away from the reach of children
Use kitchen steps, a stool or chair to reach items in high places.
Don't store anything attractive to children such as snacks etc, near the cooker.
Tie back long hair when cooking.
Watch clothing whilst cooking, avoid loose fitting sleeves if possible.
Keep all items such as cloths, curtains, paper towels etc. away from the cooker.
To prevent slipping, do not leave hard floors (such as tiles) wet/damp.
If you smell gas, turn off all gas jets and extinguish all cigarettes.  Turn off the gas supply at the mains.  Don't use a torch or candles.  Open windows to disperse any build up of gas. If the smell of gas persists, call the gas supply office immediately.
It is a good idea to have a fire blanket and small fire extinguisher available for use with small fires.

When storing steak knives or other very sharp pointed knives, push a cork onto the tip of each knife, prevents cut fingers.

Ann from Ayr

Did You Know?

Originating from Neighbourhood Watch Communities in the Stafford District 


Under extreme conditions microwaved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach boiling point and can become superheated. The superheated liquid will then bubble up out of the container when it is moved or something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.

To reduce the chances of this happening and causing injury, it is advisable not to heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup and to let the cup stand for 30 seconds before moving it or adding anything into it. 

Inserting an object into the liquid for the heating time can minimise the risk (for example a wooden spoon, or wooden skewer) and it is a sensible precaution not to heat a liquid for longer than recommended. When moving the heated liquid consider protecting your hands, and keep your face well away from the container. 


It is, apparently, quite rare for this to happen andMore detailed information on this subject can be see at



See Also Safety First in the Bathroom and Living Room




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